It’s Time to Help Workers, Not Subsidize Unproductive Jobs

Politicians love to talk about creating jobs and bringing jobs back to areas with high unemployment. They love to point fingers at previous politicians and claim the policies of the past caused jobs to leave and once corrected these jobs will return quickly.

Most recently the discussions have focused on coal mining and manufacturing where history does not line up with the promises.

Coal mining jobs from 1985 to 2016 fell from over 178,000 to 50,000 primarily due to improved mining productivity, not increased regulations.

Manufacturing productivity changes have delivered a similar change across many more jobs than mining.

Manufacturing output increases since 2010 far exceeded job creation.

Government officials must stop ignoring basic economics and glossing over the simple fact that many more jobs are eliminated due to productivity increases through automation, process improvement and higher skilled workers than ever move from town to town or country to country. And even when jobs do go to low wage countries only to find those wages move toward parity with onshore production, the changes are in lower labor costs regardless of where the production resides.

It’s time to start talking about how best to support workers and stop funding corporations to create jobs in industries that no longer need workers in the numbers they once did. This cycle of job replacing automation is only going to happen faster and faster, leaving fewer and fewer high paying jobs for low-skilled labor while high-skilled, high paying jobs go unfilled.

Governments and corporations are working together to balance this equation, but not enough effort is going into retraining available labor in areas where the skills no longer match the available work.  Just in time skill development through targeted apprenticeship programs is one of several tools available to help workers prepare for the jobs that companies are looking to fill.


Cybersecurity training targets Colorado Springs’ Veterans

Cybersecurity training targets Colorado Springs’ Veterans

SecureSet Academy is taking it CORE Technical Bootcamp on the road to Colorado Springs targeting local veterans and other technology professionals who want to move into the fast-growing industry. The 36-week class that begins Jan. 30 is designed to prepare workers to get jobs that according to SecurSet Academy president and CEO, Brett Fund, pay annual salaries between $60,000 and $85,000 in an industry that is expected to have up to 1.5 million unfilled jobs within two years.Bret Fund, founder, president and CEO of SecureSet Academy.

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) A Denver-based cybersecurity training program is expanding to Colorado Springs with a 36-week class that begins Jan. 30 and is targeted at local veterans and other […]

Galvanize take data science education to CDOT

Galvanize take data science education to CDOT

The science of transportation has long been about traffic data as well as the physics of structural engineering. CDOT has teamed up with Galvanize to accelerate their data science capabilities while allowing Galvanize to grab a large traffic data set to educate students.

Otto, a self-driving truck maker partnered with Uber, transported the beer from the Fort Collins CDOT Fort Collins weigh station 120 miles south to Colorado Springs on Oct. 20, 2016. LAS VEGAS The bad news: Colorado’s traffic congestion is getting worse and building billions of dollars worth of new […]

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Vote YES on Amendment 66

Colorado voters must end the decline in public education funding and the first step is to pass Amendment 66.  All of Colorado’s children deserve a first rate education. Yes, we can continue to import educated, skilled workers, but that is starting to cost more and is unfair to our children.


Penn State’s Path Forward is Difficult but Obvious

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh states clearly that the four leaders (Graham Spanier, Joe Paterno, Gary Schultz, and Tim Curley) responsible for handling the allegations against Sandusky did little if anything to protect the victims, while doing much to prevent damage to Penn State’s reputation. Unconscionable!

Will the new leadership step up and accept the reports findings? They need to help the victims and work to not only ensure this does not happen again at Penn State, but to prevent if from happening anywhere.